Associates Degree

Applied Science in Nursing

At its November 21, 2019 meeting, the TSU Board of Trustees approved the TSU administration's request to discontinue the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AASN) program. As a result of this action, applications are no longer being accepted for the AASN program. The program will graduate its last class Spring 2021. Please monitor the website for updates related to the BSN program. All programs remain approved and accredited. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Maria Revell, Interim Executive Director, at 615-963-5251.

Admission Requirements can be found here: AASN Admission Requirements 

Associate of Applied Science Degree

The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing is designed to prepare nurses who can assess patient needs, develop a plan of care, implement the plan of care skillfully, and evaluate the effectiveness of the care given. Students must be accepted into the University and be advised by the School of Nursing faculty to assure they are completing the required courses for the AASN degree program.

The program is approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN; 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA, 30326; 1-404-975-5000). The course of study includes 24 credits of university and general education hours and 36 credit hours of nursing courses. The program requires 4 semesters of nursing courses following admission into the program. Upon successful completion of the AASN program required courses and the comprehensive exit exam requirement, the student is eligible for graduation and can take the NCLEX-RN Licensure Examination.

Outcome Data

Outcome data for various aspects of student achievement is important to share with our stakeholders. The three year completion rate for the AASN program is 84.5% (2015-2017). The NCLEX-RN pass rate is 72.5% for three years (2015-2017). Our AASN students have reported success at finding jobs in the various settings both locally and in other states. The 2017 employment rate is 100%.

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AASN Student Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate the provision of holistic, ethical, and culturally sensitive care for persons across the life span.

2. Use professional standards of practice and the nursing process as a framework for making clinical decisions to deliver safe and effective nursing care for the health promotion, maintenance, and restoration of individuals, families, and communities.

3. Apply research findings in the provision of evidence based nursing care.

4. Demonstrate leadership through participation in professional and community-based collaborative projects.

5. Provide client education at the individual, family, and community levels that empowers the client to make appropriate lifestyle changes.

6. Model professional identification, commitment, and accountability through involvement with professional organizations. 

AASN Program Outcomes

1. Clinical decision-making that results in finding solutions, individualizing care, and assuring the delivery of accurate, safe care that has positive outcomes.

2. Understand the client and family's cultural diversity to create a caring environment of hope and trust, where client choices related to cultural values, beliefs, and lifestyle are respected.

3. Communication whether verbal, nonverbal, written, or through information technology, that is effective and promotes positive outcomes.

4. Professionalism which adheres to standards of professional practice; is accountable for own actions and behaviors; and within legal, ethical, and regulatory frameworks.

5. Providing nursing care to the patient and family that incorporates knowledge of expected growth and development, prevents and/or provides for early detection of health problems, and uses strategies to achieve optimal health.

6. Management of care by efficiently and effectively using human, physical, financial, and technological resources to meet client needs and support organizational outcomes.

For more information, write:
School of Nursing-Associate Degree Program
Tennessee State University
3500 John A. Merritt Blvd.
Campus Box 9590
Nashville, TN 37209-1561

Phone: (615) 963-5265
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